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Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black

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  • makes up to 100,000 word and letter combinations
  • resettable, never forget your combination lock
  • Easy to set, never forget
  • Hardened steel shackle for strength and security, for Indoor or outdoor use
  • Patented technology offers highest level of personal security
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Product Information

Color Name: Black
Technical Details
Part Number PL-004-BK
Item Weight7.5 ounces
Product Dimensions5.9 x 3.8 x 1 inches
Item model numberPL-004-BK
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionOne Year Warranty
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,649 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 17, 2008

Product Description

Color Name: Black

Product Description

Wordlock 5 dial padlock. Combination uses words instead of numbers. Patented technology. Thousands of word combinations. Easy to set and reset. Hardened steel for maximum security.

From the Manufacturer

Wordlock Padlocks provide maximum security against theft with a 2 5/8 inch hardened steel shackle and body. With 100,000 different letter combinations, you can pick words that are easy for you to remember but next to impossible for anyone to guess. The password is easy to set, with a twist of the dial, and you can change your password whenever you want. And it is perfect for school lockers, the gym, sheds, tool boxes, or anywhere you need a secure indoor, outdoor padlock. Since all our locks are weatherproof, they can stand up to the toughest environments. They are extra strong, extra secure, and easy to use. Forget confusing number combinations! Wordlock offers the only products that use the natural preference of your memory for keywords and the alphabet to create word combinations. Our patented Wordlock technology combines the best mix of vowels and consonants on the rotating letter dials. From the occasional need for extra peace of mind to the brute strength required to secure expensive equipment and cherished possessions, Wordlock has you covered. Security, creativity and usability come together in the original family of Wordlock padlocks, bike locks, travel locks, cable locks, sports locks, and maximum-security utility locks. Because what good is a lock if you cannot remember the combination?

Customer Reviews

Letters very difficult to turn.
John C. Cockerham
I am much better with words than numbers and its so easy to use and remember.
Annie A
Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Page Turner on February 27, 2009
Color Name: Silver
I previously owned a Master-Lock version of this "spelling lock" that offered four-letter combinations, so I bought this five-letter lock assuming two things: that the letter-dials could be removed and rearranged to suit my preference, and that all the letters of the alphabet were represented at least once.

I was mistaken.

Here, in order, are the letters available to the user on each dial from left to right:

Dial 1:
A, L, S, W, B, P, F, M, D, T
Dial 2:
A, P, O, R, I, L, C, E, T, N
Dial 3:
A, N, U, T, O, S, E, R, I, L
Dial 4:
A, O, S, K, N, R, T, E, L, D
Dial 5:
E, R, L, S, N, T, H, Y, D, BLANK

You must spell your word on the fixed dials without rearranging them, and you will have to choose a word that does not end in a vowel, as so many common words and names do. You may also notice that the letters G, J, Q, V, X, and Z are missing entirely, so if your preferred code-word contains one of these, you will be out of luck.

With the Master-Lock version, not only can you rearrange the dials for more variety, but you can also switch out the dials from different Master-Locks to spell a unique word that would not otherwise be possible, such as X-RAY or L33T.

I have no complaints about the WordLock's security--the whole lock has a heavy, sturdy feel to it, and the method of resetting the code-word via a dial on the side is as easy if not easier than the Master-Lock's method of snapping off the right side of the casing. But you will most likely have to resort to your third or fourth choice, as I have, before you find a word that will work with limited selection of letters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zach VanMeter on April 9, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
The thing that initially attracted me to the padlock was the ability to change the combination with ease (which it does quite well). I just recently got a second locker at the gym and buying two of these and syncing the combos seemed like a better route than keeping track of two different combinations. Plus if I ever need to get a third padlock I can adjust the new one.

What I liked:
-The ease at which the combination can be changed, it literally takes seconds.
-This is the first padlock I've had with letters, it makes a lot easier to remember a combo when it is assigned to a word or mnemonic device.

What I didn't like:
-The letters are very large, it would not be difficult for someone several feet away to read your combo if you're not trying to obscure it.
-The padlock cannot be closed if the combo isn't put it. I've gotten used to this, but it is annoying and means your combo has to be on display longer than necessary.
-This is larger than a traditional padlock. If you're using a locker with an externally mounted latch, this won't be a problem. However, if you are using a locker with a recessed latch, it can be difficult to get the padlock exactly where it needs to go with ease. It definitely fits, but it took me a couple weeks to be able to do it on the first try without looking.

I would probably buy this padlock again just to be able to have the same style of lock with a matching combo. However, if this was my first time buying I would probably look a little further.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lee Most on December 19, 2008
Color Name: Black
Contrary to what other reviewers have said, multiple-dial locks that use words instead of numbers have been around for centuries, but those had bodies made of brass and iron, not plastic and pot metal. You could not change the combinations on those ancient locks so easily, but unfortunately, Master did nothing to make this new one any harder to open by a bad guy. (Do a search on Google or Wikipedia for "multiple-dial locks" and see what I mean.) It would have cost them nothing when they designed it to have added some false gates or make the tumblers with jagged edges to bind when pressure was applied to them, but they didn't do that.

That said, this one has more tumblers than most of them that will make a thief spend (slightly) more time when trying to manipulate it open, so I gave it an extra star. It also has a very wide shackle opening, so it could be useful in some low-security situations where smaller locks just won't fit.

If you want a changeable combination padlock that can't be opened except by people who know how to reach inside it with special tools, get a Sesamee brand padlock with at least 4 dials. It uses an indirect mechanism that is hard to decode.

A lock that uses letters is more convenient, but "convenient" doesn't generally mean "secure." It would be even more convenient to use no lock at all, but that's even less secure!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. G. May on June 18, 2010
Color Name: Red
What a big disappointment. When I first saw this lock, I was very excited and thought it was a great idea (why didn't I think of that?!). But I was quickly disppointed. The different "wheels" are hard to turn, sometimes scarily so. (I envisioned being locked out of my own things at the gym, stranded by my crappy lock.) The wheels are likely so hard to turn because they are made of cheap plastic. Also, the possible word/alphabet combinations are more limited that I would have thought. I ended up returning this (something I do rarely).
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